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I was given a Faith in Nature chocolate shampoo and conditioner set for Christmas and have just about finished the bottle now, so thought I should share my experience. Faith in Nature was not a brand that I was familiar with nor had I even heard of it. Faith in Nature make natural beauty products - from naturally sourced ingredients, with no artificial colours or perfumes, free from parabens and not tested on animals.
A bottle of 400ml of shampoo retails at £5.35 on their website. The chocolate shampoo is for dark hair - it 'naturally benefits brunette and black hair of all types'. It is made with luxurious organic chocolate. It is a blend of chocolate and sage that cleanses and adds shine to the hair. The shampoo also contains aromatherapy oil so it relaxes you as you use it.
The shampoo can be seen within the bottle, which is clear, and is a rich transparent golden brown colour. The lid pushes open and the shampoo can be squeezed out. For me, the shampoo is a little too runny for my liking. It is actually quite watery and I am used to much thicker shampoos. This makes it quite messy when applying as I squeeze onto my palm and sometimes it will run off and make a mess of the shower (not to mention it is annoying to waste the shampoo in this way).
The shampoo does lather quite well but I have long, thick hair and find that I need quite a lot of the shampoo to get a decent lather and feel like I have washed my hair well. I usually use between 2 and 3 dollops (around the size of a 50 pence piece) per wash. When lathering, there is a really strong smell of dark chocolate, this is quite relaxing and very pleasant. However, this smell disappears once you have rinsed the shampoo from your hair. It is quite a sickly sweet smell though, so I probably wouldn't want to smell this on my hair all day anyway.
The shampoo cleans my hair well and I would definitely say that it adds a little shine too. I used this in conjunction with the conditioner from the same range and I did find that my hair got quite dry when I used this. I don't feel like the shampoo cares for my hair in the way that others I have used do. So, whilst this smells gorgeous (great pressie for a chocolate lover) and it was nice to use as a change, I will not be rushing out to buy this again as I think my hair would suffer with long term use.
I've used the Organic Chocolate Shampoo by Faith in Nature before a few years ago and I am happy to report that I was very satisfied with it. The best thing about this shampoo is that it cleans my hair thoroughly and it has never been easier to detangle, and all that without any other products whatsoever. You see I've been wanting to give my conditioner a rest, because I felt that all the products I was using were taking their toll on my hair. I wanted to let my locks beathe and regenerate and I can finally do that with this shampoo. A word of advice though: try detangling your hair under running water using your fingers. It's much easier that way and especially so if you have thick hair like me. I find that in order to make it lather up I need to use a bit more shampoo than I would like, but that could be written down to the insane amount of hair I've got. I'd love to try the seaweed shampoo or the one with jojoba next time. So to sum it up good shampoo just little more care needs to be taken when shampooing t get best results.
A few years ago, knowing I'm always looking for natural products that hydrate my hair, my mum bought me Faith in Nature's Chocolate shampoo.
~*~ The Packaging And Appearance ~*~
The bottle is clear plastic with a clear lid although the part you press to release the hole is a dark green. It has a white label with a green, forest effect background. The label says that it is Faith in Nature and is a chocolate shampoo formulated for dark hair. It says that it "Naturally benefits brunettes and black hair of all types."
It also tells me that the bottle holds 400ml of shampoo. As far as I'm aware this is the only size this shampoo comes in.
~*~ Using The Shampoo ~*~
I'm sure you all know how to use shampoo but at the risk of patronising you all! Squeeze a blob onto your hand and then rub into your hair and scalp. Unfortunately this shampoo doesn't lather very well and you need a lot of it to wash your hair. My hair is long, it's about half way down my back so I use a lot of shampoo anyway but this 400ml bottle only lasted me 3 washes so it doesn't work out good value for money, however, if it's effective maybe it's worth it so onto effectiveness...
~*~ Effectiveness ~*~
I have great confidence in natural products and given the choice will always choose natural products over synthetic ones and so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately it didn't live up to the hopes I had for it. As I already stated you have to use a lot of the product in every wash and so the bottle didn't last very long at all.
Faith in Nature claim that this shampoo will cleanse, add shine to dark hair and protect against free radicals which cause ageing. They also say it contains Serotonin and Phenylethylamine which are associated with happiness. I can't say that this made any difference to my happiness and quite why a shampoo would want to protect against ageing I'll never know but as for cleansing and adding shine I'm sorry to say it did neither. This shampoo completely dried my hair out and therefore actually made it duller then before and despite having to use a third of the bottle each time (maybe using so much is what dried it out?) I can't say it felt particularly clean either. I was almost tempted to shampoo it again with my usual shampoo.
~*~ Availability and Pricing ~*~
As this was a present I don't know how much my mum paid for this but it is available directly from Faith in Nature for £4.89. It may also be available in other online retailers so shop around.
~*~ My Opinion ~*~
I understand that you pay more for natural products, especially those that are organic (which this is) but I do feel that almost £5 is far too overpriced for a shampoo that doesn't fulfil any of the promises it makes and only lasts 3 washes. I was completely unimpressed by this product, whilst it did smell absolutely divine and not sickly sweet or synthetic it didn't really clean my hair and dried it out more then it was already.
Unfortunately this isn't a product I can recommend and although it gets 2 stars for the smell this is about the only good thing about this product.